Dead Names, Dead Dog: The Spellbook Shuffle, Part 1

For my last discussion, I want to examine “Simon’s” treatment of the Necronomicon Spellbook.

Instead of giving you my commentary up front, though, let me give you a quotation from Dead Names and let you draw your own conclusions before I give my thoughts.  There’s a couple of different levels on which this is interesting, and both Necronomicon historians (if there are such people) and general readers will find material for comment.

Here goes:

When it looked as if Avon Books wanted to republish what Herman Slater had called the Necronomicon Report as the Necronomicon Spellbook, Larry eventually did reach me and was insistent that we sign the contract.  I had second thoughts about the Spellbook, if only because I felt that it would detract from sales of the Necronomicon itself.   The Report had been Herman’s idea, since felt that a “guide” to the Necronomicon was needed by of his clientele.  While I was satisfied with the work…. I thought it could have been expanded more fully.  There was, however, no time to do this, and the publishers were happy with the Report as is, so it was reborn as the Necronomicon Spellbook – only after some legal wrangling with Herman, who wanted to retain the rights to publish it even though our contractual obligations to him had long passed.  He had not republished or reprinted the Report in years….

And, quite frankly, Larry needed the money.

Let me know what you think.

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  1. […] I suppose that Mondays aren’t such great days to solicit feedback.  No matter!  We shall soldier on from last time with “Simon’s” discussion of the Necronomicon Spellbook in Dead Names. […]


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